My Sisters Telegraphic: Women In Telegraph Office 1846-1950 (History)

My Sisters Telegraphic: Women In Telegraph Office 1846-1950 (History)

My Sisters Telegraphic: Women In Telegraph Office 1846-1950 (History)

Thomas C. Jepsen


The position of the telegraph operator within the mid-nineteenth century was once like that of today’s software program programmer/analyst, based on self sufficient pupil Tom Jepsen, who notes that during the “cyberspace” of in the past, male operators have been frequently stunned to profit that the “first-class guy” at the different finish of the twine was once a woman.

Like the pc, the telegraph brought on a technological revolution. The telegraph quickly labored synergistically with the era’s different mass-scale know-how, the railroad, to proportion amenities in addition to supply communications to assist trains run on time.

The strategic nature of the telegraph within the Civil warfare opened possibilities for girls, yet stress arose as males started to go back from army carrier. notwithstanding, girls telegraphers didn't have an effect on male employment or salary degrees. girls saved their jobs after the struggle with aid from — Western Union specifically — and since they defended and justified their role.

“Although ladies have been predominantly hired in lower-paying positions and in rural workplaces, ladies who endured and made a profession of the career may paintings as much as managerial or senior technical positions that, with the exception of salary discrimination, have been similar to these in their male counterparts,” writes Jepsen. “Telegraphy as an career grew to become gendered, within the experience that we comprehend at the present time, in simple terms after the creation of the teletype and the construction of a separate function for ladies teletype operators.”

My Sisters Telegraphic is a clean advent to this pivotal communications expertise and its unsung ladies staff, lengthy missed through exertions and social historians.

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